Kimchi-Creamed Collard Greens

Active Time: 40 MINTotal Time2 HR 15 MIN
Yield: Serves : 8

In 2018, Food & Wine named this recipe one of our 40 best: “I don’t think a cuisine should ever stop growing,” says Hugh Acheson. And indeed, ever since he was named a Best New Chef in 2002, the chef has contributed dozens of super-tasty and smart updates on Southern classics to F&W. Among our favorites is this savory side dish of collards simmered with onion, bacon, chicken stock, vinegar, and sorghum, laced with a spicy kimchi cream sauce that gives the dish a funky kick.


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/2 pound bacon cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 pounds stemmed collard greens, leaves cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sorghum syrup (see Note) or pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup kimchi, finely chopped

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a large pot, heat the oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until golden brown, 7 minutes. Add the bacon and cook, stirring, until the fat has rendered, 10 minutes. Add the collards and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until it begins to wilt, 4 minutes. Add the vinegar and boil for 1 minute. Add the sorghum syrup, stock, water, crushed red pepper and a large pinch of salt. Cover and cook, stirring a few times, until the collards are very tender, 1 1/2 hours.

Step 2    

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, simmer the cream over moderate heat until reduced by one-third, 10 minutes. Add the kimchi and remove from the heat.

Step 3    

When the collards are done, stir in the kimchi cream. Season with salt and serve.

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